Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

AWARD-WINNING rapper Tinashe “Ti Gonzi” Gonzara is battling for life in a Harare hospital following an attack by robbers on Tuesday evening. ...

FORMER footballer Cozzy “Kozile” Dube has traded his soccer boots for the microphone and has released his debut afro-jazz single, Ndidaire, which he co-produced with MacDonald Chidavaenzi at Eternity Records and Galactic Studio in Perth, Australia. ...

ZIMBABWE Musicians’ Union president Edith WeUtonga has apologised to victims of Cyclone Idai for musicians’ failure to play an educative role in spreading messages around the disaster through music. ...

THE local film industry is experiencing tough times due to shortage of foreign currency, causing many in the industry to seek greener pastures outside the borders. ...

EGYPTIAN publisher Al-Arabi, Sherif Bakr, has described a Bulawayo-based teacher, Bryony Rheam’s novel This September Sun as the best, claiming it brought to its readers a wide range of political readings about Africa. ...

THE National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) is set to host the second edition of the Belt and Road Afro-Sino Art Exhibition and Forum from April 28 to May 6. Over 10 countries are expected to camp in Harare for the 10-day event. ...

THE Benza brothers, Tariro and Tafadzwa, who made their name in education and sports through their Herentals Group of Colleges, have now have entered the showbiz world. ...

A DECADE ago radio and television were the main platforms pushing music and artistes to stardom, but it is no longer the case as we witnessed a bloodless musical coup with the emergence of the internet that now owns and controls the power matrix in Zimbabwe and the world over. ...

THE country’s most-sought-after master of jest, Carl Joshua Ncube, has set his eyes on an ambitious three-month regional road tour. ...

BULAWAYO publisher AmaBooks has secured a printing deal with a United Kingdom publisher, Parthian, for its short story collection Moving On and Other Zimbabwean Stories which are set for publication next month. ...

GWANDA-based Jahunda Community arts group is on cloud nine after its production, 1983: The Dark Years was nominated for the prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (Nama), whose ceremony is set for the Harare International Conference Centre on Saturday. ...

YOUTH for Innovation Trust (YIT) in partnership with Umahlekisa Comedy Club, has embarked on a comedy project dubbed Humour for Social Change, which seeks to promote the use of spoken word and humour to address socio-economic problems faced by young people. ...

Between the Lines: PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI Title: Digital Labour Markets and Jobs for the Future Author: Fredrick Mandizvidza Publisher: Royalty Books (2019) HUMAN Resources practice all over the world ...

BULAWAYO female wheelspinner, DJ Liz, said her profession behind the decks makes many men insecure. ...

THE week-long Francophone Cultural Festival that celebrates the cultural diversity which spans the French-speaking countries present in the country roared to life yesterday and will run until March 23 at Alliance Française in Harare and Bulawayo, respectively. ...

AFRO FUSION singer Andy Muridzo, affectionately known as Baba Keketso, at the weekend promised his fans a new album, which he said will be released soon. ...

LOCAL hip-hop rapper, Trevor Shingirayi Simoyi, known by his stage name Styce, has collaborated with controversial urban groover Rockford Josphat on a track titled Lamborghini, set for release this Thursday. ...

THE Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Mutare Farm Prison music outfit, Echoes Arts Group, last week left the crowd clamouring for more of their acts after putting up a sterling show through music and drama at the World Kidney Day commemorations in the border city. ...

NATIONAL Gallery of Zimbabwe executive director Doreen Sibanda and her deputy Raphael Chikukwa have been invited to participate at the Conversations programme at this year’s Art Basel set for March 28 to 31 in Hong Kong. ...

NETHERLANDS-BASED Zimbabwean songstress Vimbai Zimuto (pictured), who is trending for splashing her nude pictures on social media, will be back home as part of the supporting acts when Jazz crooner and Green ambassador Dereck Mpofu launches his fourth 13-track album, Godobori 2.0, at Theatre in the Park in Harare this Saturday. ...

BULAWAYO music producers have welcomed the decision by organisers of the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards to add the Outstanding Music Producer category as part of the new five awards added this year. ...

BULAWAYO songbird Sandra “Sandy” Ndebele took to social media to announce that she has embarked on a programme to shed off excess weight in preparation for the launch of her album and a whirlwind tour. ...

LOCAL gospel group Joyful Praise has been drip-feeding their fans with new tracks as a way of teasing them ahead of a full DVD release scheduled for later this year, group spokesperson Tania Madindi has said. ...

UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe (UZ) film, radio and television production students have embraced video installation as an important medium for development communication, with a particular effort to trigger discussions on mental health issues and proffer a platform to resolve them. ...

CHARLES Banda — son of the late artiste and founding member of Sunduza Boys, Simon Mahlaba Banda — has finally decided to embark on solo projects after holding forte at the band following his father’s death several years ago. ...

GOSPEL artiste Mathias Mhere yesterday described his performances at embattled Shepherd Bushiri’s Enlightened Christian Gathering Church in South Africa on Monday as a great experience. ...

AWARD-WINNING film-maker Joe Njagu yesterday said he was charmed by the international recognition that the film Cook Off continued to attract following an invitation to be screened at the 16th edition of the Festival International du Film PanAfricain at Cannes in France, running from April 17 to 24. ...

THEATRE in the Park will this weekend present the last part of State of the Nation series — State of the Nation: Mirage — which reflects through drama, the country’s current affairs. ...

Bulawayo-based comedians have described the six-year existence of Bulawayo’s sole comedy club, Umahlekisa, as a journey of growth in artistry. ...

BULAWAYO-based multi-talented entertainer Moreblessings “Sweet Mobby” Khumalo has taken up Gqom music after a stint as a wheel-spinner, NewsDay Life & Style can reveal. ...